Pennsylvania State Police welcomes 62 new troopers
Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker announced that 62 cadets graduated from the State Police Academy in Hershey, PA and have been assigned to troops across the commonwealth. The men and women represent the 147th graduating cadet class. Blocker spoke during the ceremony at Bishop McDevitt High School, along with Lieutenant Colonel Lisa Christie and Major William White. Anthony Mazzone, from Montgomery County, spoke on behalf of the graduating cadet class.
Michigan State Police graduates 41 new troopers
Forty-one new Michigan State Police (MSP) troopers will report for work at MSP posts across the state this week following graduation from the 131st Trooper Recruit School. Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP, administered the Oath of Office during the ceremony at the Lansing Center. "As these new troopers travel home to be with their loved ones for the holidays, they can leave proud knowing they have what it takes to join the ranks of the elite Michigan Department of State Police," stated graduation keynote speaker, Governor Rick Snyder. "We wish them safety each and every day and hope they enjoy long and rewarding careers serving and protecting the residents of our great state." Today’s graduation ceremony also marks the debut of MSP’s new Campaign hats, a nod to what enforcement members wore until the early 1920s. All active enforcement members were given the opportunity to vote on whether the department should make the uniform change for its 100th Anniversary, which will be celebrated across the state throughout 2017. All active enforcement members began wearing the hats today. In her address to the graduates, MSP Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue said, "You have joined the MSP family at a very exciting time. As our newest troopers and the last recruit school to graduate in 2016, you are now part of our department’s history and you will help determine its future. I expect you to do what’s right, to do your best and to treat others the way you want to be treated. In everything you do, I ask that you provide ‘Service With a Purpose.’" Tpr. Thomas Gladney III was elected Class Orator by his fellow recruits and spoke on behalf of the graduating class at today’s ceremony. Other award recipients included Tpr. Brett Nichols who received the Academic Achievement Award and Team Building Award, Tpr. Trevor Baesch who received the Marksmanship Award and Tpr. Antonio Palmer who received the Outstanding Performance Award. The 131st Trooper Recruit School began on July 17, when 50 prospective troopers reported to the MSP Training Academy in Lansing. For the past 23 weeks, recruits received training in firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, first aid, criminal law, crime scene processing and precision driving. In order to be selected to attend the academy, all applicants had to pass a stringent selection process that included a physical fitness test, background investigation and hiring interview. As part of the department’s commitment to "Providing Service With A Purpose," the recruits participated in community outreach projects in which they donated food to the City Rescue Mission of Lansing and packaged food for Capital Area Community Services. The 131st Trooper Recruit School is the third of four trooper recruit schools this year, as well as a motor carrier officer recruit school.
Oregon Trooper critically wounded in shootout; suspect killed
An Oregon State Police trooper was critically wounded and a homicide suspect fatally shot in an exchange of gunfire in suburban Portland, authorities said.Sgt. David Thompson of the Washington County Sheriff's Office said the incident began late Christmas night, when police in King City found a dead woman after responding to a call about shots being fired. A suspect identified by police as 30-year-old James Tylka was seen driving away and a chase ensued. It ended with an exchange of gunfire about 20 miles south of Portland. The wounded trooper, identified by the Oregon State Police as 32-year old Nic Cederberg, is a seven-year veteran of the state police who also served in the military. Officers from Hillsboro, Sherwood and Tualatin police were involved in the incident. They have been placed on paid administrative leave. Police have not released the name of the woman found dead. The body was at a home that is Tylka's listed address. Court records indicate Tylka was married and also had an ex-wife. Court records show Tylka and the ex-wife had several years of disputes regarding custody and child support payments. The woman filed for immediate temporary custody of their child in September, saying the boy was in danger of potential abuse. The woman said Tylka spoke about suicide in September 2015, drawing a call to police, before leaving town for four months. She wrote that they agreed to joint custody in May 2016 but he had been acting irrational, impulsive and aggressive, constantly pressuring the boy for updates about what she is doing at home. The woman wrote that the boy was crying when she picked him up Sept. 5. The boy, she said, told her that Tylka yelled at him and a grandmother. "I asked him what he meant. (The boy) stated: 'If I don't tell daddy what you do he yells at me and sends me to the corner. I told him no and he yells until I tell him.'" A judge denied the request for immediate temporary custody. Earlier this month, an auto dealer filed a small claim against Tylka, saying he owes $450 for a down payment of a vehicle.
Georgia Department of Public Safety answers Tennessee Highway Patrol's mannequin challenge
The Georgia Department of Public Safety was challenged by the Tennessee Highway Patrol to take part in the mannequin challenge. The theme of the DPS mannequin challenge was cell phone use, in an effort to bring awareness to distracted driving.
Florida Highway Patrol Brings Christmas Gifts to Family of Immokalee Vehicular Fatality
October 7, 2016 began as did any other school day for Luis Renosa Francisco. One of Magdalena Francisco’s five children, Luis, 6, and his eldest brother, Andres, set off to meet the school bus near the intersection of North 19th Street and Immokalee Drive. Accompanied by their grandfather, they walked along the grassy, west shoulder of North 19th Street. Luis failed to reach the corner. He was struck and killed by a black pickup truck. Reportedly, Luis “darted out” into the street and the 2007 GMC Sierra was unable to avoid him. Luis was transported to NCH Northeast but did not survive his injuries. Florida Highway Patrol Lieutenant, Greg Bueno, frequently mentions that horrific morning. Luis’ name has arisen in several conversations over the course of the past two months. The Lieutenant was not going to forget Luis, or his family, at Christmas time. Thanks to the kindness and benevolence of his fellow troopers, as well as an anonymous donor, the Florida Highway Patrol was able to purchase a stockpile of assorted gifts for Luis’ four siblings, Alex, 5; Vibiana, 8; Celia, 9; and Andres, 11. Four FHP vehicles, including a cargo van, covertly approached the family home in Immokalee shortly after the children arrived home from school. With the cooperation and support of their mother, the children were kept occupied while FHP staff topped the front lawn with bicycles, toys and other assorted gifts. Upon exiting the home, the children were clearly taken aback by the collection of toys and the presence of both FHP troopers and the media. After all of the gifts were unwrapped, Magdalena Francisco invited all into her home to see photographs of her late son, Luis. “It broke our hearts,” professed Bueno. “We wanted to do something for this family…to remind these children that this world can still be a magical place. That’s what the holidays are about.” The children repeatedly thanked the Florida Highway Patrol staff and even thanked members of the media for visiting.